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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Short Essays on Reading and Books by Luis, Star, Paola, Amy, Alex, Maya, Axel, Cooper, & Jacob

Friday: 5 Worlds: The Red Maze by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel

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Kellee

We are moving homes here in Orlando, so I am going to take off about 6 weeks to get my family moved and settled. I’ll be back early August.

Ricki

Hi, all! I just returned very late from a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park with my visiting family. I hope you all had a great reading week!

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Thoughts on Middle School by Breno, Leila, Josh, Nick, Damon, & Nathan

Friday: From an Idea Series by Lowey Bundy Sichol

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Inspirational Female Characters by Vanessa, Angelina, Georgia, & Natalie

Friday: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration!: Space Book Roundup and Reaching for the Moon Giveaway
**Giveaway open until Thursday!**

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Kellee

We are moving homes here in Orlando, so I am going to take off about 6 weeks to get my family moved and settled. I’ll be back early August.

Ricki

We went on vacation with relatives this week, and you bet we brought a huge stack of new books. Below, I share our favorites within the stack. 🙂

Both the kids and adults enjoyed Bug Off!: A Story of Fireflies and Friendship by Cari Best. One of the main characters within the book is very mean, and I loved watching the adults crinkle their noses as they read her mean comments. This is a great book to talk about bugs, friendship, and inclusion/exclusion.


Go For the Moon: A Rocket, A Boy, and the First Moon Landing by Chris Gall is a wonderful book that integrates narrative and nonfiction. The main character learns about the first moon landing as he builds his own rocketship at home. This is a great book for space lovers!

My family has a special place in our hearts for Sara Varon’s books. We were thrilled to see her new picture book called Hold Hands. We read this book a few dozen times this week, and it was a huge hit. My mom said it was her favorite of the bunch.

Horse Meets Dog by Elliott Kalan and Tim Miller is not a brand new book (it came out last year), but it slipped into our stack. This has been a great book to practice reading with my older son, and it is very funny!

James Yang, please do not stop writing these books. We LOVE Bus! Stop! and we also fell in love with Stop! Bot! These two books are among my favorite read-alouds. We have made many predictions about what he might write about next.

This book (The Great Gran Plan by Elli Woollard) was definitely one of my sons’ favorites of the week. Halfway through the week, we swapped out half of the books with a stack that I’d been saving in my car, and my middle son begged me to “keep the piggy book upstairs.” It is a very fun fractured fairytale.

We were lucky to receive a F&G of The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, but the finished copy is even more beautiful. I love this book, and it has been great to discuss my oldest son’s imminent entrance to kindergarten. All week, my brother kept asking him if he’d be the “king of kindergarten.”

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Ricki

I am not sure what the week brings. I’ve got a few audiobooks rolling that aren’t enticing me, and I am wondering if I should switch gears to different audiobooks. I am finding it tricky to balance two young kids, a newborn, work, and reading at the moment, so you might be seeing predominantly new YA texts for the next few weeks.

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Short Essays on Reading and Books by Luis, Star, Paola, Amy, Alex, Maya, Axel, Cooper, & Jacob

Friday: 5 Worlds: The Red Maze by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Focus on Villains by Diego, Luis, Elsa, Kaley, Max, Mariana, & Daniela

Friday: National Geographic Kids: Little Kids First Big Book of Science by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Sunday:  Blog Tour with Author Guest Post: “Creating Words and Pictures: How Authors and Illustrators Work Together” by Alison Donald and Ariel Landy, Creators of The Spacesuit: How a Seamstress Helped Put Man on the Moon

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Kellee

We are moving homes here in Orlando, so I am going to take off about 6 weeks to get my family moved and settled. I’ll be back early August.

Ricki

I am also away this week! I have many extended relatives in town. I hope you all had a great reading week!

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Inspirational Female Characters by Vanessa, Angelina, Georgia, & Natalie

Friday: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration!: Space Book Roundup and Reaching for the Moon Giveaway

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Favorite Characters by Isaias, Miguel, Max, Kaley, Ellian, Sujan, Mariana, Daniela, Vanessa, Angelina, & Nitya

Friday: Sonny’s Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove by Barry Wittenstein

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Creating Humor out of Sadness” by Naomi Milliner, Author of Super Jake & the King of Chaos

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Kellee

We are moving homes here in Orlando, so I am going to take off about 6 weeks to get my family moved and settled. I’ll be back early August.

Ricki

My husband and I were able to go on our first date night in a year, and it was really a pleasure! We went out to dinner and then explored the Old Firehouse Bookstore. It really rounds out any date night, in my opinion. 🙂 We saw this sign, which was great. We also read a bunch of new picture books together.

This is one of the books we read. I love Michael Hall, and I enjoyed this story about teaching time (Monkey Time). There need to be more books about teaching time!

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Ricki

I am not sure how much new reading I will do this week because I am drafting my book about YAL in the classroom. That is going to be consuming much of my reading time lately, and I am excited that several bloggers are contributing short teacher excerpts! <3

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Focus on Villains by Diego, Luis, Elsa, Kaley, Max, Mariana, & Daniela

Friday: National Geographic Kids: Little Kids First Big Book of Science by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Sunday:  Blog Tour with Author Guest Post: “Creating Words and Pictures: How Authors and Illustrators Work Together” by Alison Donald and Ariel Landy, Creators of The Spacesuit: How a Seamstress Helped Put Man on the Moon

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Favorite Authors by Emma, Maria, Lisa, Isaias, Miguel, Sujan, & Ellian

Friday: Teacher Guide for Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair by Alice Kuipers

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Suspension of Disbelief: Walking the Fine Line” by Tom Alan Brosz, Author of Roger Mantis

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Kellee

We are moving homes here in Orlando, so I am going to take off about 6 weeks to get my family moved and settled. I’ll be back early August.

Ricki

My five-year-old and I have been filling in daily pages in a journal called Me: A Compendium by wee society. As you can see above, it is a journal that highlights the importance of the child and the child’s interests. He loves it and looks forward to doing a couple more pages each night, and it gives me time to spend with him doing something different and exciting. I am a big fan of this journal, and you can see a few of the pages above.

I am still seeking two more middle or high school teachers to share their ideas for teaching YAL in Teacher Call-Out Boxes in a book I am writing for NCTE. I have eight solid contributors and was hoping to round out to ten contributors total. If you know teachers who creatively use YAL in their classrooms, would you please send them my way? I am particularly seeking teachers who teach a YAL elective, but I am open to any uses of the literature. Middle and high school teachers only, please. 🙂

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Ricki

I am not sure where my next reading travel will go. My youngest is nine weeks old, and it seems to be hard to keep up on sleep and reading. I know it is just a short period of time, and I will be back in action soon. I am sorry I haven’t been sharing a lot of books!

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Favorite Characters by Isaias, Miguel, Max, Kaley, Ellian, Sujan, Mariana, Daniela, Vanessa, Angelina, & Nitya

Friday: Sonny’s Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove by Barry Wittenstein

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Creating Humor out of Sadness” by Naomi Milliner, Author of Super Jake & the King of Chaos

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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CONGRATULATIONS 
Dean
for winning the Max Attacks giveaway!

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Recommended Titles by Jacque, Jacob, Cooper, Maria, Lisa, Jordan, Alexandra, Molly, Olivia, Damon, Nathan, Duda, Max, Kaley, & Elsa

Friday: Is 2 a Lot? by Annie Watson

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Understanding Race in a Country Divided” by Barbara Diggs, Author of Race Relations: The Struggle for Equality in America

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Kellee

At ALA Annual Conference! 🙂

Also, we are moving homes here in Orlando, so I am going to take off about 6 weeks to get my family moved and settled. I’ll be back early August.

Ricki

Sadly, I didn’t read any new books this week. My new baby is taking up a good amount of time. (I’m actually in my rocking chair with him right now.) I’m sorry that I’m not being a good blogger lately!

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Ricki

I’m still reading and loving Frankly in Love by David Yoon!

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Favorite Authors by Emma, Maria, Lisa, Isaias, Miguel, Sujan, & Ellian

Friday: Teacher Guide for Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair by Alice Kuipers

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Suspension of Disbelief: Walking the Fine Line” by Tom Alan Brosz, Author of Roger Mantis

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Tuesday: Kellee’s End of Year Student Survey Results, Students’ Favorite Books, and Top Checked Out Books 2018-19

Thursday: Guest Review: Feral Youth: A Novel in 10 Points of View from Shaun David Hutchinson and Nine Other Powerhouse Authors

Friday: Blog Tour with Review: Moon! Earth’s Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Feminism: Finding Our Way Forward” by Jill Dearman, Author of Feminism: The March Towards Equal Rights for Women

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Kellee

Although Trent still loves picture books, he is really loving early reader chapter books and series.

  • We finished the 2nd and 3rd Mercy Watson books, and he just loves that pig. After I read him the 3rd one, he went and retold it to his dad–it was a heart-filling moment.
  • I was looking for an audiobook to listen to one night, and saw that the Andy Shane series is available on Overdrive with my library, so we listened to the first one. He listened to it all in one sitting and seemed to really like it; he has asked to read the 2nd one.

  • A Tear in the Ocean by H.M. Bouwman: Two stories combine to answer the question a young boy is searching for while also helping his friend figure out where she belongs.
  • Far Away by Lisa Graff: CJ lives with her Aunt Nic who is a famous medium. CJ travels the nation with her and truly believes in what her Aunt does helps her audience.

Ricki

Hi! I’ve returned from maternity leave! My almost 8-week-old son is currently laying next to a toy. I might have 30 seconds to write this post, and I might have 30 minutes. It will be a surprise! Ha ha ha.

Over maternity leave, I read several dozen books from the library. My older sons and I checked out a total of 65 books.

I finished Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. It was excellent and worth the hype. It was very similar in many ways to Nowhere Girls (which I read while pregnant). Both had strong messages, and I loved reading each of them!

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Kellee

  • Currently Reading: We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler
  • Currently Listening: Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary
  • Reading next with Trent: Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton
  • Currently Listening to with Trent: Inspector Flytrap and the Goal Who Chewed Too Much by Tom Angleberger

Ricki

I am listening to Tradition by Brendan Kiely. I am trying to read more books related to #metoo, and this one fit into that topic. So far, it is very good.

I am reading (and really enjoying) Frankly in Love by David Yoon. Because I am trying to get enough sleep, I only read a chapter per night, and it is a real treat. The narrator’s voice is very powerful. This book is going to end up on my favorites list this year.

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Tuesday: Student Voices!: Recommended Titles by Jacque, Jacob, Cooper, Maria, Lisa, Jordan, Alexandra, Molly, Olivia, Damon, Nathan, Duda, Elsa

Friday: Is 2 a Lot? by Annie Watson

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Understanding Race in a Country Divided” by Barbara Diggs, Author of Race Relations: The Struggle for Equality in America

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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